Mason Sustainability Institute

Growing a Stronger Northern Virginia Community through Sustainability Skills Development

Permaculture Design Certification Course

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"Permaculture is the conscious design of “cultivated” ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, & resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity, and aesthetic beauty. " – Peter Bane, Permaculturist

The Mason Sustainability Institute is excited to announce that we will be offering our third annual Permaculture Design Certification Course on March 8th-March 15th, 2014, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. The Permaculture Design Certification Course has been approved by the Office of Continuing Professional Education for George Mason University Continuing Education Units (CEU's). Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate in Permaculture Design, as well as Continuing Education units if requested at the start of class.

Course Topics and Activities Include: Ecological Design Principles, Observation of Landscapes in Northern Virginia, Ecological Patterns (Site Analysis, Pattern Language, and Relationships), Broad Scale Strategies, Healthy Soils and Organic Food Production, Climate and Energy, Water in the Landscape, Trees in the Landscape, Animals and Community, and a Design Exercise and Presentation to the class completed by the student.

Video Highlights From Last Year's Course:

Who Should Attend:

  • Anyone with an interest in sustainable living
  • Homeowners
  • Gardeners
  • Farmers
  • Students
  • Educators
  • Real estate development and planning professionals
  • Construction professionals
  • Workers involved in community projects
    • Public officials
    • Federal employees

Dates: March 8th - 15th, 2014, 8:00am-6:00pm.

Location: George Mason University Fairfax Campus, Room TBA.

WeisemanInstructor Biography: Wayne Weiseman is certified by The Permaculture Institute of Australia and the Worldwide Permaculture Network as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. He is also certified by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects. Wayne has taught, lectured and consulted internationally for many years. He has worked as a school teacher and as a consultant to educators and administrators in curriculum and professional development. As a primitive wilderness instructor he relies on observation techniques and a thorough understanding of the natural world to ply his trade. He has worked extensively with corporate executives in the art of team building, and the application of ideas in business and life developed through the observation of the cycles and connections found in the natural world. He has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past thirty years. Wayne is Director of The Permaculture Project LLC and Permaculture Design-Build Collaborative LLC, full-service, international consulting and educational businesses promoting the ideas of eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods. He is also co-director of Permergy, an educational organization teaching Permaculture and sustainable systems to corporations. For many years he managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy, appropriate technologies. Wayne sits on the board of Mindful Generations, a non-profit guild of educators creating economic and community development in third-world countries through small scale agriculture training programs. He is also Director of the Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture in Fountain City, Wisconson. Wayne Weiseman and The Permaculture Project LLC can be contacted by emailing permacultureproject[at] or calling (618) 713-0537.

Price: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! $900 before January 31st, $1000 thereafter. Price includes breakfast, lunch, and all materials needed for the weeklong course.

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